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App Of The Day: No Root Screenshot It

One of the many perks of rooting our Android phones is the ability to take screen shots whenever, and wherever we please. Our buddies over at AndroidSpin stumbled upon an app that will give this pleasure to the many non-rooted users that still remain. And do not worry, if you don’t want to root, no one is forcing you to, yet. 

Setting up the application is not as easy as just buying, then installing. The developer explains setup much better than I ever could, so I will leave it up to them:

This application will instruct you to download and install a free desktop application on your Windows or Mac. Once installed, you must run the desktop application with your phone attached to your computer. This will enable screenshots on your phone.

Once you’ve done this, you can disconnect your phone and take screenshots whenever you want. However, every time you restart your phone, you’ll have to connect it to your computer and run the desktop application again. If you restart your phone frequently, this app may not be for you, as it may prove to be too inconvenient.

If you are not against this setup, and the $5 price tag, then give it a whirl and see what you think. Best of luck to all you non roots out there. Don’t forget, even non rooted users can use the Android SDK through USB Debugging mode to take screen shots on their Android device for free.

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Via: AndroidSpin

  • Lgrey0314

    Ive downloaded this as I was assured it would work on my Toshiba thrive tablet. However my tablet is not listed on the we page they told me to go to to download th driver. To Can anyone help or know if this works on android thrive tablet?

  • Works good on my nexus s  unrooted.

  • Wait, if you have to go into the App every time to take a screen shot, then you’ll be limited to what you can take a shot of.. Only the app tray, or the home screen that the app is on, right?  

    • Eddie Kim

      You can actually take a screenshot anywhere simple by holding down the “search” button. The app also can put a button on your status bar which, when selected, will take a screenshot

  • Dude16478

    dose not work on droid 3 and idk why???  any help

  • Mneighbo

    I own the Charge, so I can already take screenshots right on my phone w/out rooting or any app.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    $5.. are effin kidding me. I would just take my camera and take a picture of my phone before paying that much. Devs give away FREE ROMS and this dude wants $5??? 

  • Anonymous

    Has a superuser icon and it’s a droid 1 not an X, I call shenanigans.

  • Anonymous

    Kinda lame – just root people!

    • Guest

      Make it possible on all our phones and then we will…

  • Tdotgray

    why is this the app of the day? the ability disappears everytime you turn your phone off… why can’t they make it to where you save the ability on your phone? Crap, Pure Crap!!! just made me man

  • Tdotgray

    yeah i’m pretty sure that’s a OG droid…

  • Tyrelsackett

    The app Screenshot by Kastorsoft works with my unrooted LG Revolution.  It says on the app it must be rooted, but it works even though I am unrooted.

  • Arius1

    Samsung has this already built into the Droid Charge which it seems alot of people don’t know.  It can take screen shots out of the box.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe if they left out that app and built and invested in wrapping their phones in cheap plastic, somebody would care.

      Plus, I’d rather have Gingerbread than this app, which is probably part of why the Charge is still rockin’ Froyo.

  • Anonymous

    Good idea, but a bit too much hassle I reckon. I think that people who really want to take screenshots should just invest some time and learn how to root their phones so that they can easily take screenshots anywhere and whenever they want, rather than be on vacation, restart their phone and opps, can’t take anymore screenshots because they have to hook up their phone to a computer to re-enable screenshot taking. Not worth it.

  • I still haven’t found a reason why I would want to take a screen shot on my phone.

  • Kevin

    Can anyone point me to a good up to date guide on rooting my Droid 1?

  • its easier when you rooted

  • eddieonofre

    “non-rooted phone” then why is it that I see and SuperUser (even though is an old one) app on there?

  • jmc23

    Sorry bro thats not a droid x thats the first gen droid. lol

  • Schoat333

    There has to be an easier way still. Samsung figured it out.

  • For phones that can be rooted(free) and use dropcap or ShootMe(free), this isn’t too attractive at $5.00

    • Murphy


  • PyroHoltz

    I would love to root my Droid 3…no available method yet.


  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know of a technical reason why Google hasn’t added this functionality to stock Android?  Haven’t looked on Google Code yet, but it must be being talked about, right?  It’s not that esoteric of a feature is it??

    • Granted

      Yeah, because it’sa possible security issue that malicious apps could take advantage of. Say, talking screenshots without your permission while you’re typing in banking information, or something similar. Like something a keylogger would do, but with a picture, and not recorded keystrokes.

      That to me, is the best reason I can think why they didn’t initially release it with the first Android phones. Of course, people saying it is a stock option on the Charge and other Android phones, leads me to believe they found a way to isolate it better, or something that make them not view it a security issue. That’s my best guess.

  • John789

    In the Video, did he say that’s a Droid X? Wrong. 

    • Adam Elghor

      lol and its rooted

    • Adam Elghor

      lol and its rooted

  • M1ghtysauc3

    I remember when I was terrified to root. Guys on droid-life would call me a wimp and say “just root! You won’t regret it.” I rooted almost a year ago and my penis immediately turned into a light saber. Now it’s my turn. Just root! You won’t regret it! 🙂

    • Anonymous

      I’m in if I can get the green light saber crystal when I’m finished.

      • M1ghtysauc3

        Mine was florescent clear.

    • Yeah I took the plunge right before 2.2 was supposed to come out for my OG droid(The first time in like may), I had the phone for several months at the time and with the delay I decided I would go for it. When my OG droid was stolen I bought a droid 2 off a friend, 5 min later it was rooted and running liberty 😛

      I dont think I would want to go without root or my CM7

      • M1ghtysauc3

        I agree. I’m running CM7 on my Droid 2 as well.

        • Until CM7 is stable for the X2 I am sticking with P3’s pre-rooted GB.  I really should look at what would all be needed and help with getting CM7 on the X2

    • StanleySpadowski

      Need a z4root for gb!

  • damnit! why does it have to be $5? hopefully this comes out on the App Store soon

  • Travisjshepherd

    how did he get the old SU icon?

  • Anonymous

    Does any device besides the Charge do screenshots out of the box? Love the feature on my charge.

    • Samsung is definitely throwing it in with their newest phones. SGSII does it too 🙂

      • Angel

        So does the charge

    • Christian

      The LG G2X does.

  • Sitrick2

    Seems like a lot of trouble for something easily solved  by rooting. But as a root advocate, I guess I’m biased.

    • Lmrojas

      What if you have a device that hasn’t achieved root yet?

      • Anonymous

        Exactly.  Being a root advocate doesn’t help me take a screenshot on my D3 🙁

    • I agree. But I have an Incredible 2 with Gingerbread and there is no root for it yet. Unless you pay $50 for an XTC clip (which I happily did :-])

  • A good option I guess for non rooted users, but not worth $5 IMO. Google just needs to make this a built in feature already. Maybe in ICS?